MMS Names SAFE Program Winners in Gulf of Mexico Region

The Interior Department's Minerals Management Service announced today the 2008 District Safety Award for Excellence (SAFE) winners for the Gulf of Mexico Region. The SAFE Program recognizes those operating companies that conduct their operations in a safe manner, adhering to all regulatory requirements, employing trained and motivated personnel, and enhancing safe operations.

"The MMS Gulf of Mexico Region is focused on having the safest and most environmentally sound operations on the Outer Continental Shelf," said MMS Regional Director Lars Herbst. "We take great pride in recognizing those companies that choose to be safety and environmental leaders, setting the example for others to follow."

The 2008 SAFE Award Winners for each MMS GOM District are the following:
District Production-High Production-Moderate Drilling Contractor Production Contractor
New Orleans BP Corp. North America Inc. Murphy Exploration & Production Co. --Medusa Spar ENSCO International Co. Grasso Production Management
Houma BP Exploration & Production Inc. Energy Partners, Ltd. Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc. Ocean Endeavor Danos & Curole Marine Contractors, Inc.
Lafayette Devon Energy Production Co., L.P. None Transocean Inc. Quality Production Management
Lake Charles Devon Energy Production Co., L.P. Seneca Resources Corp. Rowan Drilling Co., Inc., Rowan Louisiana Wood Group Production Services
Lake Jackson Exxon Mobil Corp. --Hoover Spar None Rowan Drilling Co., Inc., Rowan Bob Palmer None


The SAFE award program was established by MMS in 1983 to recognize and honor companies that make a concerted effort to train and motivate their employees to conduct offshore operations in a safe and environmentally sound manner. The agency recognizes two categories for production: high OCS activity and moderate OCS activity. Drilling and production contractors with exemplary OCS performance are also recognized. Winners are selected by each District office on the basis of their safety performance and compliance with applicable regulations within the District during the rating period.

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